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Taiwan’s universities have been steadily climbing to greater global prominence in recent years, establishing the country’s capital as one of Asia’s leading higher education hubs. Taipei is home to no less than eight universities ranked among the world’s best in the QS World University Rankings® 2015/16, led by the nation’s flagship public institute, National Taiwan University (NTU) (ranked joint 70th in the world).

Renowned worldwide for its high-tech industry, Taipei has also become increasingly popular with travelers. Its attraction is something akin to that of cities like Hong Kong, in combining all the attractions of fast-paced modern city life with the appeal of more traditional cultural elements.

With relatively low tuition fees and living costs, Taipei also has one of the highest scores for affordability among the top 75 cities, making it well worth considering if you’re on a tight budget.

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QS ranked universities


More about Taipei

Number of universities ranked by QS


Top ranked institution

National Taiwan University (70th in the world)



Students (% of total population)

1.6% (based on ranked institutions)

International students

8.0% (of students at ranked institutions)

Average tuition fees


Global Liveability Ranking

60th (out of 140)

Mercer Cost of Living rank

41st  (out of 214)

Cost of a Big Mac


Cost of an iPad


Numbeo safety rank

40th  (out of 446)

Numbeo pollution rank

180th  (out of 300)

Transparency International score

36th  (out of 177)


Sources: QS World University RankingsGlobal Liveability Ranking (The Economist’s Intelligence Unit); Big Mac Index (The Economist’s Intelligence Unit); iPad Index (Commsec); Cost of Living Survey (Mercer); Corruption Perceptions Index (Transparency International).

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I would like to do my masters there, I am a computer engineer. and two questions can I study and live there speaking only English, and when I finish my master degree I have any facility to find a job and apply for a work visa ? thanks

Hello, we have an article coming soon on where you can study abroad in English, and this includes Taiwan, in which many residents can speak English (however, you might still like to learn a few basic phrases in Mandarin to help you converse with the locals) and there are many course programs available in English. To work in Taiwan you will need a work permit, which for a foreign professional lasts three years. You might like to contact the Taiwanese Ministry of Labor for more information. 

Hi! I'm really interested in pursuing a Tourism Management degree in English in Taiwan, but I don't know if I can work and support myself as a foreigner. I hope you can help me.

Hi Anna, read more about studying in Taiwan with our dedicated country guide. Although we don't have specific information about which schools offer English-language programs, a growing number of universities are doing so - if a school does offer English programs, you can find out via their official website. For a list of school names, see the QS World University Rankings. Laura